Convicted corruption figure Jimmy Dimora readies massive appeal of 28-year prison sentence

Defense attorneys ask to expand legal brief

CLEVELAND - Defense attorneys for convicted corruption figure Jimmy Dimora are putting the finishing touches on a massive appeal of his 28-year prison sentence.

Dimora was convicted in March 2012 following a four-year FBI probe into corruption in Cuyahoga County.

Court documents filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reveal that Dimora's attorneys believe they have far more to add to their opening legal brief than originally allowed by the court.

It's expected they will argue that key evidence that could have persuaded the jury to acquit Dimora was not allowed at trial and some testimony should not have been permitted.

Cleveland attorney Christian J. Grostic, who is representing Dimora for his appeal, is asking the court for an additional 6,000 words, roughly 24 additional pages beyond the 14,000 word limit.

An expansion was requested "to adequately present the errors from the extensive record," according to a motion filed by Grostic.

The original court record consists of 8,729 pages of testimony in 44 volumes, 1,200 trial exhibits and over 600 per-trial filings, according to Grostic.

Federal prosecutors have indicated that they will not oppose an expansion of Dimora's opening appeal brief but have asked the court for the same privilege.

A ruling has not been made and neither federal prosecutors or Grostic will comment.

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